Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists lies in the neighborhood of $30.86 per hour. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K each, total incomes of Entry-Level Dental Hygienists generally range from $41K to $83K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Around two in five get medical and dental insurance, and slightly less than one-fifth get vision plans, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$31,188 - $72,750
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MEDIAN: $51,806
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$22.63 - $40.72
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$0$83K
Salary $31,188 - $72,750
Bonus $202.17 - $4,837
Profit Sharing $750 - $5,000
Commission $247.30 - $10,017
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,485 - $83,401
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 695
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $22.63 - $40.72
Hourly Tips $0.64
Overtime $14.65 - $61.03
Annual Data $0$83K
Bonus $202.17 - $4,837
Commission $247.30 - $10,017
Profit Sharing $750 - $5,000
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,485 - $83,401
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,315

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Dental Hygienist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Dental Hygienists include Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, and Dental Group Ltd. Pacific Dental Services Incorporated offers the largest salaries in town — $83K on average.

Aspen Dental seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $57K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $42K and $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $62,881

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+22 percent), Houston (+21 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Miami and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Dental Hygienist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Red Oak:
"45 years in profession."
1.) Take care of your back. 2.) Profession does not have many benefits so think about what you want and expect out of a job. 3.) Hours are good but not a lot of flexibility for taking time off unless you have someone to cover for you. 4.) Usually no scheduled raises.

Dental Hygienist in Evans:
"Physiological (Musculoskeletal) risks."
Try to alternate working on the left and right sides of your patient, learn stretching exercises, and work with a Chiropractor and an Excercise Physiologist early in your career to avoid musculoskeltal problems of your head, neck, and shoulders.

Dental Hygienist in Danville:
"Do Not Participate in Office Gossip."
Make an effort to get along with all co-workers. Never start or perpetuate office rumors or gossip. Understand that in a dental environment you will occasionally have to pick up the slack for someone else. You do what needs to be done to keep the office running on schedule even if it's not your official job duty. If you feel that you are doing this too often and your coworkers are not being team players (and nothing is being done by "the people in charge"), then maybe you should start looking for another place of employment because you will get worn out and start to resent your co-workers. As a result patients one way or the other, will not receive the treatment they deserve.

Dental Hygienist in Seattle:
"Basics."
All the information you learn during school comes down to some basic important items to look for and discuss with patient.

Dental Hygienist in Gatlinburg:
"Schedule."
Build a trusting relationship with your patients and treat them hoe you would want to be trestef.

Dental Hygienist in Woodland Hills:
Save for your retirement. Dental practices do not have any 401K's or retirement options. Nor do they provide injury compensation.

Dental Hygienist in Zionsville:
"The unavailability to branch out into other career options."
Become a nurse.

Key Stats for Dental Hygienist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 238 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
▲39%

▲4%

▲3%


▲2%

▲2%

Cleaning
▲1%

Local Anesthesia
▼0%

National Average
$63,000

Bilingual
▼1%

dental hygiene
▼1%

Dental assistant
▼2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼2%

dental hygienist
▼14%

Orthodontics
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 238 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 18%
no benefits
None: 43%
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